Can Inventions Which Include Computer Automation Still be Patented?

Patent applicants who use computer automation in their inventions have worried about the effects of the Alice decision on their chances of obtaining a patent. Some degree of computer automation is arguably an improvement over traditional methods, and the Alice decision did not provide clear standards for evaluating the patentability of inventions including computer automation. […]

What Characteristic of an Invention is Most Useful in Obtaining a Patent after Alice?

Many patent applicants and patent owners have struggled to determine the exact standards the USPTO and the Federal Circuit use to determine whether inventions are patentable after Alice. However, recent decisions by the Federal Circuit suggest that one of the strongest standards has been hiding in plain sight all along. DDR Holdings recognized that a […]

What Technology is Patentable after Alice?

As mentioned in our previous post, the Federal Circuit has recently upheld a variety of “software” patents in the face of Alice challenges by accused infringers. This post gives a brief overview of the technology found to be patent eligible in the most influential post-Alice decisions. The earliest Federal Circuit case upholding a software patent […]

What’s Alice Been Up to Lately? (A free Webinar!)

The Federal Circuit has upheld more patents in the face of Alice challenges in the last 6 months than in the 2 years following the Alice decision. This is a notable shift in the Federal Circuit’s application of Alice, and the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has taken notice. A series of USPTO memorandums […]

Filing a Patent Infringement Suit

Although perhaps the most sensalitionist method of monetizing patents, filing a patent litigation suit is still a viable way to obtain value from patents. As we previously discussed, the number of patent litigation suits filed in 2015 represented about a 13% increase over the number of suits filed in 2014. The most common remedies available […]

Can I sell my patents?

Yes, patents and patent applications are property, and as such, can be transferred or sold just like other tangible property. Owners of quality patents who are less willing to seek remedies through the court system, or would prefer to quickly capitalize on the value they have created through their innovations can sell their patents outright. […]

Can I obtain a loan based on patent assets?

For patent owners or patent application owners who are strapped for cash, a large number of economic institutions and funds have recorded assignments for patents or patent applications held as collateral for business loans. Marathon Patent Group, a group that is a testament to the value of patents through its business model of purchasing patents, […]

Want the most value out of your patents? Do this.

Over the last few weeks we have discussed the impact of Alice on patents, and determined that it is still possible to obtain software patents post-Alice. We saw patent litigation suit filings close to all-time highs. Although filing one or more litigation suits is certainly a viable way to monetize your patents, it is far […]

The USPTO, software patents, and upholding a patentable invention

Question: If the USPTO grants me a patent on software, will courts use similar standards in upholding my invention as being patentable? Answer: Yes. Courts have followed the Alice guidelines in finding software inventions patentable. In fact, observers have found that many courts are broader than the USPTO in their approach to patentable subject matter. […]

When the USPTO denies a patent an invention is related to software

Question: If the USPTO denies me a patent because my invention is related to software, can I have success appealing to the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB)? Answer: Yes. Many applicants for software patents have successfully obtained a patent by appealing to the PTAB after the USPTO rejected their patent application. The PTAB is […]